Volume 15 / Issue 6 (March 2019)
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Influenza Update:
  • Locally, influenza activity remains elevated and is expected to continue for several more weeks. Vaccination is still recommended for those who have not yet received a flu shot.
  • At the State level, influenza activity is widespread.
  • The proportion of influenza A/H3N2 circulating has increased in the past several weeks. Detection of influenza B has been low so far this season.
  • As of March 9, 12 influenza-associated deaths in adults aged 18 to 64 years have been reported to Public Health. No pediatric deaths have been reported so far this season.
Clinical News:
  • Influenza vaccination during hospitalization in 2014 was found to reduce risk of heart attack by 10% (read more here).
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its influenza vaccination recommendations for children for 2019-2020, based on current year data on live-attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) effectiveness. AAP’s recommendation (read more here) for use of either inactivated vaccine or LAIV for children in 2019-2020 is now consistent with CDC’s guidance.
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